Stunning win for Bafana

Thursday, January 28, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Soccer World Cup host, Bafana Bafana, humiliated Zimbabwe with a stunning 3- nil victory last night during an international friendly match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It was a second win for Bafana in their 12 internationals over the last six months. Last week, they beat Swaziland 6-2 in a warm-up match in Chatsworth.

The local based players struggled to find the back of the net in the first half, missing a number of easy goals.

Simphiwe Tshabalala, who was a marvel to watch, scored the first goal for his side five minutes into the second half through a 25-metre free-kick.

The second goal came from Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Lucas Thwala's show-stopper came at stoppage time.

Zimbabwe's head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa, said although his team lost against their neighbours, they were still on the right track.

"I am in a long term plan of preparing our national team for the 2014 Africa Nations Cup as well as the qualifying for the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup.

"We are a good team and our squad comprises of South African based players and those who are playing in local teams in Zimbabwe, so should we add those who are playing in Europe, we can make a very difficult team to beat," he said.

Bafana's head coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira was pleased with the performance of his team.

"We made lots of mistakes in the first half, missed a lot of goal scoring opportunities, but in the second half, we came back to the game. I am pleased by this performance," he said.

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